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This book is a masterpiece, a vivid blend of description and larger-than-life characters. The book's full title "Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ" should clue you into the fact that this story parallels the life of Jesus.
Ben-Hur is a handsome, intelligent, wealthy Jewish boy who is almost destroyed by the hatred of a former friend and Roman, Messala. Ben-Hur eventually escapes his life-sentence to the galleys and regains his fortune, which he uses to reap vengeance on his betrayer. However, when he learns that 'The King of the Jews' is at hand, he turns all his attention to building armies and preparing for the overthrow of Rome. When the Christ turns out not to be quite what he had expected, Ben-Hur is left with a difficult choice: wage war on Rome or follow the Prince of Peace.
I give the reader 8/10. Sound quality 10/10. Story 10/10.
(Fair Warning-- avoid this book if you don't like: descriptions, long books, historical fiction, or readers who actually laugh whenever it says 'so-and-so laughed.' Otherwise, enjoy!)
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"Ben-Hur" by Lew Wallace is a great book. Essentially a fictional account of events leading up to the birth of Christ, Wallace attempts to put give the reader (listener) a feel for the environment of Palestine / Rome at that time. The extensive use of descriptive text, metaphors, and adjectives, makes the story come vividly alive. Once you have listened to this book, the movie seems shallow in comparison. If you liked Ben-Hur the movie with Charlton Hesston, you will love this book. A "masterpiece".
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This recording was very frustrating as every edit chops off part of a word and pulls you out of the story.
What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?
The reader also mispronounces quite a few words. Sestercii is wrongly pronounced Sess-ter-see-eye instead of Sess-ter-see! I want my money back!
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A recording this shoddy should be highly discounted!
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